AgChat attendees swap agriculture items from across states

Image credit: Agwired

I spent most of last week in Kansas City with more than 100 farmers and agriculture professionals, learning to better utilize social media when sharing our stories. We had a great week catching up with everyone, many were first time contacts IRL (in real life). It’s a pretty neat experience to network with someone via social media and eventually meet them face to face.

We had a great turn out at the AgChat Foundation Conference Swap Meet. I’m not sure exactly how many folks showed up, but states from coast to coast, and even Canada were represented. Attendees brought food and other products that represent agriculture in their respective regions. These ranged from Wisconsin cheese to California vegetables, North Dakota honey to Bacon shirts from Iowa and even a small bale of cotton from Texas or peanuts from Georgia! It really was a great sight to see. So many people, passionate about agriculture, swapping items and knowledge like trading souvenir pens at a trade show.

It was amazing to see the diversity in agriculture products from across the States. Even when several people from one state were present, their items were all different.

From Tennessee, I brought a few guilty pleasures of mine – Moon Pies and Sun Drop. Both were smaller portion sizes so I could afford to give more away. I also brought rice from Arkansas to represent the largest group of rice producers in the country!

Below are a few of the photos captured of items at the swap meet. More images of the conference can be seen from AgWired on flickr.

If you had to select one or two items to represent food, fiber, or fuel agriculture products from your area, what would you select?

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  1. Thanks for the link about Sundrop. When I was growing up it was the only soda (pop in MN) that we ever bought., There was a bottling plant in our town that bottled and sold tons of the stuff. It is great to know the history. Since I returned home from Ag Chat my head has been spinning with ideas. I attended a local farm group crop tour last evening and had a chance to visit with several people who were very interested in hearing about my time in KC MO with you and the rest of the crew! Thanks again for the opportunity.

  2. I was bummed. My Dorothy Lynch salad dressing didn’t make it through airport security. I haven’t had some of that since I was a kid. We had a good time meeting everyone!

    1. Oh man, that stinks. Yes, I was a little worried about some things getting through security, so I stuck with what I could fit in my checked luggage. It was great meeting more of the Wildman family last week!

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